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Hotel Santa Caterina

Summer is almost here. Vacation planning also! Nearly all the hotels along Italy’s Amalfi Coast send their guests to public beaches. Not so at Hotel Santa Caterina, the region’s original grande dame. It dispatches lucky visitors down a 10-story glass elevator. For a slower approach, a series of steps through cascades of citrus, jasmine, and […]

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Yes: Less is more!

Surely there are only a few people who truly enjoy having to clean their houses every day. But almost everybody loves to have a clean and tidy home at all times. Is that possible? Of course that having children and pets at home will definitely make it harder, but there are a few tips that […]

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How to relax

We usually need to relax when we are feeling tense, anxious, or angry. Part of these feelings are due to an activation of something called the sympathetic nervous system, which includes parts of your brain that detect and respond to threats and stress. Without getting too deep into the physiology, when you are tense, anxious, or […]

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And here’s June!

So, we’re almost half of the way! June is here 🙂 June is the sixth month of the year in the Gregorian calendar and its predecessor, the Julian calendar. It is believed that the month is named after the Roman goddess Juno, who is the wife of Jupiter and is also equivalent to the Greek […]

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Make your own Candles

If you’re into home design, you know that DIY projects are a popular choice for creating home decor that’s beautiful and unique. However, while DIY projects are satisfying, it can be hard to find one that’s fun and simple. Enter the candle. Endlessly customizable, classically beautiful and no sweat to make, they’re a crafter’s favorite […]

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About: vinegar

It’s surprising how many kinds of vinegars are on the market! Beyond traditional distilled vinegar and all-natural apple cider vinegar, there are specialty gourmet varieties. You can find options such as black fig or pear vinegar. In fact, you can make vinegar out of anything that contains natural sugars! Vinegar makers use a 2-step process […]

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Portuguese habits you’ll pick if you live in Portugal (part II)

Let’s keep on learning! Here are a few more true Portuguese habits: You salivate at the mention of “pastéis” | Pastéis de nata are a national favorite, and after a while, everyone falls under their sweet spell. Ordering a large beer becomes something “that the tourists do” but not you | In Lisbon, a small draft beer is called “imperial,” […]

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Elderflower panna cotta with strawberries & brown butter crumble

Spring is calling for some fresh recipes, filled with seasonal ingredients and beautiful looks. Here’s one that combines that look alltogether! (by bbcgoodfood.com) Ingredients: 500ml double cream; 450ml full-fat milk; 10 large elderflowers heads, flowers picked; 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out; 5 gelatine leaves; 85g golden caster sugar | For the crumble: 75g butter, plus extra for greasing; 75g plain flour; 50g golden caster sugar;     25g […]

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Portuguese habits you’ll pick if you live in Portugal (part I)

You know what they say about “when in Rome,” and being in Portugal isn’t any different. It’s easy to get caught up in “a vida Portuguesa” (the Portuguese life), which equates to spending lots of time outside, drinking espressos throughout the day, developing an appreciation for fish and/or seafood, and braving the cold Atlantic Ocean (even if […]